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Nov. 2nd, 2013

I've begun reading A.C. Grayling's new book Friendship. It's a discussion of different philosophers' takes on what friendship is, whether it's a kind of love or something else entirely and other questions. The first six chapters focus on different philosophical accounts of friendship, and then he talks about great friendships in classical literature and finishes with a few chapters on his own experience and philosophizing about friendship.

So far, the bit I've read is decent. Easy to read, poses interesting questions, etc. I'm not sure I agree with his interpretations in all places, but he's covering a lot of ground in a fairly short book, and doing it for both philosophers and non-academics who like to think about these topics at the same time.

He only talks about classical literature, apparently, but it would be an interesting way to look at fannish friendships (meaning the characters, not ours) and maybe the friendship fic -vs- slash issue a bit. I'm tempted to blog about it. Is there anyone who'd be interested in reading what different philosophers think friendship is all about and how that's reflected in characters from Tolkien, Sherlock, House, and the like?

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phyloxena
Nov. 2nd, 2013 08:04 am (UTC)
Yes, please
dreamflower02
Nov. 2nd, 2013 01:08 pm (UTC)
Oh yes indeed!
marta_bee
Nov. 2nd, 2013 09:29 pm (UTC)
Looks like I'm not the only one interested in this! I'll blog about it, then. Thanks for the input. :-)
elliska
Nov. 2nd, 2013 09:57 pm (UTC)
You've already decided, but I'll add my vote anyway. Yes, please.
marta_bee
Nov. 2nd, 2013 10:01 pm (UTC)
It's always good to know other people are interested - it's an ego-boost that a topic I liked is actually interesting to other people if nothing else. For some reason I thought this was the kind of thing I thought was worth thinking about, but that other people wouldn't really care about.
lindahoyland
Nov. 2nd, 2013 11:46 pm (UTC)
I would be very interested. By the way, I've posted your Halloween "Trick or Treat" on my LJ.
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